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It was quickly buried under an avalanche of often contradictory spin, but, on Friday, Ireland’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern, made the Irish Government’s primary objective for the ongoing negotiations crystal-clear in his first full-length radio interview on Northern Ireland – “We have to keep as a keynote the issue of decommissioning, paramilitarism, the end to that and, at the same time,… we have to ensure that we cannot in any way transgress the key fundamentals in that (GFA) agreement.”